As several research studies have shown, wine [especially red] offers several health benefits to its consumers. The key, of course, is moderation. Consuming one or two four-ounce glasses a day is not only relaxing after a hectic day, but it is also a much healthier choice over beer and other spirits. Here are the most impressive five benefits from drinking wine:
- Promotes longevity: According to a Finnish study published in the Journals of Gerontology of over 2,000 men over a 29-year time period, wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate.
- Lowers heart-attack risk: A 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study of showed that moderate wine consumers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than nondrinkers.
- Slows the decline in brain function: According to a Columbia University study of 1,416 people, brain function decreases notably faster in nonconsumers than in moderate wine consumers.
- Contains anti-aging properties: A Harvard Medical School study reported that red wine contains resveratrol, the compound found to have the most potent anti-aging effect. It is found on the skins of red grapes, blueberries, cranberries and nuts.
- Reduces the risk of depression: A study from several universities in Spain reported in the journal BMC Medicine that drinkers who consumed two to seven glasses of wine per week were less likely to be diagnosed with depression.
Basically, wine aficionados can affirm that wine equals happiness and better health. Wine has been studied extensively over the years and the findings never disappoint. Pour yourself a glass, and follow the path to a better quality of life. Cheers!